Can you believe it's almost time to go back to school? I report in two weeks!! To celebrate and help others get ready, I'm linking up with Jacqueline from The Little Ladybug Shop and Karen from Planet Happy Smiles for a back to school themed Texas Size Linky sharing organization ideas, tips, ideas, and freebies. We Texans tend to be state proud and love to do things B-I-G! So here goes...

My two professional struggles are organization and data, and as it so happens my school's focus this coming years is data. I decided to conquer these two foes with one product that I feel would be user friendly, and that I would be able to use without feeling overwhelmed. The outcome: 


Painless Data is a set of teacher worksheets for keeping track of student progress with the second grade math TEKS. There are whole group, small group, and individual worksheets along with a complete set of editable files. So, even if you don't live in Texas or don't teach second grade, you can still use these forms for your state / grade standards! I'm planning on keeping these sheets in a notebook for planning and documentation purposes. Check out a few of the pages below.




I'm really pleased with how this "little" project turned out. If you think this might work for you this coming school year, enter the rafflecopter below to win a copy of your own. I've also added a lot of new products to my store Little Smarticle Particles for the upcoming school year, so please stop by!!



I found this fun linky over at  Rachel's blog, The Tattooed Teacher. It's a quick get to know you questionnaire. So, without further ado...



Want to read more? Click the links above to get to know more of your fellow teachers!
Y'all have a great week!!

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We finally made it to Day 5! Today Heidi's Vacation Giveaway is focusing on TpT store gift money!! That's what I'm talkin' 'bout. My store, Little Smarticle Particles, is donating $5 in store credit for any product product/s up to that amount. These are my favorite types of giveaways (I've won a few!), because you can get what you really want.

 

Check this out: Lori Anne from Live Laugh Love Second is also offering up a calendar set and a pack of Flair Pens!

I hope you have enjoyed this giveaway! Have a great day and Good Luck!

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Happy Thursday! It is time for Day 4 of Heidi's Vacation Giveaway? The theme for today's giveaway is "Favorite English / Language Arts Product". I've contributed the following:


Take a look at the rest of the giveaway!!




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Have a great day and Good Luck!

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Happy Wednesday! Are you ready for Day 3 of Heidi's Vacation Giveaway? The theme for today's giveaway is "Favorite Math Product". I've contributed the following:


Sometimes simple and basic is really good!

Check out the rest of this giveaway.


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Have a great day and Good Luck!

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Happy Monday! This week I'm teaming up with Heidi from Flipping for First to bring you a great giveaway. Each day brings a new theme, new prizes, and new winners! Today's theme is Back to School (can you believe it is just around the corner?!) and a group of TpT sellers have come together to offer the following awesome products. Just enter through the rafflecopter below. The winner of today's prize pack will be notified tomorrow!






Good Luck and have a great day!

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I can't believe it. Can you? The summer has flown by! Today I'm linking up with Teacher Deals and Dollar Steals to share some Back to School resources that I've been working on. But first...

I have seen many blogs posts about people emptying their summertime bucket list, but I didn't have one. Money was tight this summer so we have just stayed close to home. But I have accomplished a few things this summer that aren't school related:

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1. I watched all five seasons of Breaking Bad. I pretty much binge watched....loved it. This is the only show I've ever watched that left me feeling like I needed to join a recovery support group.

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2. I watched season 3 of Orange is the New Black. My favorite characters are Red and Pensatucky.

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3. Now I'm engrossed in Hell on Wheels. It's pretty good also.

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4. I have been doing other things that aren't TV related (LOL). My daughter graduated from high school and has big plans to join the United States Marine Corp!!! I'm scared but very excited for her. Her daddy was a Marine, and we're both proud as punch. She has always been physically active. She has a black belt in Taekwando and loves to exercise. I have been running with her this summer, and I can now run two miles without stopping! I haven't done that since college.

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5. I've been busy as a bee getting ready with products for next year!!! Back to school is almost upon us. I report August 13, and school starts August 24th. I've completed a few products that are ones that I am planning on starting the year off with. 


I always feel that we are being required to move little ones forward with place value when they still haven't mastered the basics with tens and ones. The continued regrouping of ones into tens is a huge concept! I get so frustrated when I feel pushed to move them to hundreds and they are still struggling with tens. I created this set of activities to help my 2nd graders brush up and review place value. 

I also created this product because I hate the dreaded four letter word....data. My idea of data has always been sticky notes and tally marks. Seriously. I mean, you do this long enough and you get to where you know what your kids need, where they are, and what their strengths and weaknesses are. Just because I don't have everything documented, doesn't mean that I haven't intervened. But, times are a-changin'. Don't get me wrong...I know data is important, and I know it has its place. I just don't enjoy it. I personally do not feel that numbers explain everything going on with a child. Still, I have to get with the 21st century, so I created this product. It's a set of whole group, small group, and individual worksheets for tracking data for the new 2nd grade math TEKS. I'm also planning on creating a set for kindergarten and first grades soon.

I also created some teacher planners. This is part of my mission to become more organized (as is the data packet above). All three planners have the exact same content, they just have different covers and spines. So far I have had a pretty good response to them. I'm planning on using the Vintage Alpha Planner this year.
      

Then, I also updated my alphabet posters that I use in my room. Isn't if funny how some of the simplest things can be your favorite? I love these. I currently have the black gingham version in my class, but I'm thinking of changing to this colorful version


Are you craving more back to school? Click the link below to read about many other sellers and what they are creating to help you get ready!


 Y'all have a great weekend!

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This is the third challenge in the TpT Sellers Challenge hosted by the ladies at Third in HollywoodSparkling in SecondTeach Create Motivate, and Peppy Zesty Teacherista! Thank goodness we had a week and a half to complete this challenge! I didn't think I was ever going to finish. Anyway, it is done. 

When I started this product, it was intended to be something quite different. This was always going to be a place value product, but with a broader scope. I wonder how many other sellers start with one idea and as they work on it, it just kind of morphs into something else.  Before I got started, I started reading some literature and taking notes. As I did this, I started thinking about my second graders and how that transition from ones to tens and then twenties and so on just messes them up. These poor little people have so much extra pressure on them to perform & score well on tests. In Texas our kiddos start their STAAR testing in third grade, but second grade teachers are feeling the pinch too. I have actually been told that we should be teaching our second graders third grade material. What??? Many of them are still struggling with first grade material (like place value). We can't just skip a whole grade level. But....I am about to get on my soap box so, I will just back down now. 


What I created is a product that focuses on numbers from 10-99. That's all. I created fun centers that require students to think about and practice working with tens and ones.  There are also plenty of practice sheets that work well for small groups, homework, or easy formative assessments. I set up the activities to reflect the ways that I actually teach place value. For example, there are resource posters for the numbers 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90 that show how to connect larger words like "twenty" to "two".  Kids don't necessarily know how to make connections unless we make them aware of that thinking process. Here are two of my reference posters.

 

If you like what you see, be sure to check it out here.
Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

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